As part of Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services (offices in Clearwater and Miami, Florida), the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture works in collaboration with agencies that include Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Lutheran Services of Florida, and World Relief. Affiliated with the University of South Florida’s Medical School and School of Public Health, they offer health, psychiatric, psychological, social services and legal assistance for torture survivors living in Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties. Torture treatment services were established in 2000.
Contact: Sylvia Acevedo, LL.M, Program Director, (727)479-1858, [email protected]
GCJFCS is a member of the National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs.
Do you have to be a survivor of torture to be eligible for your services?
Yes, per the U.S. definition.
Expanded details of program’s services
Florida Center for Survivors of Torture (FCST) is a regional treatment center (Greater Tampa Bay and Miami-Dade) for survivors of torture and extreme trauma. As the lead agency, Gulf Coast JFCS collaborates with area resettlement agencies, the University of South Florida, and Florida International University to provide survivors with intensive case management. Through FCST’s extensive provider network, eligible torture survivors receive medical, mental health, social services, and legal assistance services from providers who have been specially trained by the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture to work effectively and sensitively with this population.